This week the MVP Summit 2016 has taken place in Redmond/Bellevue. Although I have been awarded the fourth time as MVP, this was my second MVP summit. MVP’s from all over the world on all award categories are collaborating and attending technical settings. This year we had a record number of 18 (eighteen!) “AX MVP’s”. It was nice meeting all of them.
Within a few weeks we can expect the fall-release of Microsoft Dynamics AX. However, this version will get the product name Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. This version will include some localizations for countries which weren’t released within the latest version before. You can read about which countries/languages are supported on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations Roadmap page. The detailed countries are listed on the Globalization & Translation section. A few countries are still on the roadmap to be fully supported in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. Support for Russia and India are not included within the upcoming fall release. You have to depend on partners for Countries/languages which are not and will not be supported by Microsoft. (meer…)
If you want to know the size of a single company in Microsoft Dynamics AX or which tables consumes the largest space in the database, we were used to run the Size of company accounts report. Initially you cannot find this report in the menu structure of the new cloud version of Microsoft Dynamics AX. This post will tell you how you can run this report and how to find or run reports using AX URL parameters.
When you want to work with the new Microsoft Dynamics AX, you have some options to deploy the environment. You can choose between deploying an environment on Azure or download a local machine. The purpose of the local machine is mainly a development box, but can also be used for demonstrations (with some limitations). The local environment always contains a predefined demonstration database. What if you want to start with an empty AX database or test with configurations that will be used by the customer? Continue reading and you will know how to start with another database.
In my latest blog I showed you the options you have when it comes to updating your AX system. If you haven’t read that one yet check it out here. In this blog we will focus on the Stable Evergreen situation. This is the environment where you have an AX system that is customized to your business requirement. Once this system is delivered you decide not to do any updates whatsoever because you are content with your system right now and why change a winning team, right?
How to decide if you could use a Stable Evergreen
It is best do decide whether or not you want a stable evergreen system as early as possible, preferably before the development of your new system. Base your decision on your future plans. Are new projects coming up? Are there going to be big changes in the coming years? If the next few years seem to be steady and you see no major changes coming up, a Stable Evergreen might be the right choice for you because it can save you a lot of time and money.
Saving a Million on your AX system
A simple calculation shows that someone, who was an AX starter at Rel2009’s introduction, spent on average €1.305.000 on keeping the system up to date. This amount contains 9 CU’s and 1 major update + all the costs of implementing etc (calculation can be provided upon request).
But what if you hadn’t spent that money on updating? What if you would’ve just kept that first system operational? You would’ve saved €1.305.000 and still have a system that operates to your satisfaction. No, you don’t have that brand new and fancy system but it works right? That’s all that matters. Besides, because there were no major changes you could’ve documented every requirement. You know everything about the system so you know exactly what you want for when it is time to finally get a new system. Also, the money you saved in those years can now be used to implement that new AX system completely adjusted to your new needs and wishes.
One of the other advantages of not updating your system is that for your employees nothing changes. No new buttons, no new options. So they get used to it and learn how to use it as efficient as possible, without having to worry if they are doing it right.
Eventually not updating your system has a lot of advantages. It is not for every company. But please, next time you are planning on getting a new system think about this and you might do yourself a huge favor. Do you really need those updates? Feel free to contact us for more information.
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In my last blog “Are those SLA’s a Fool’s Bargain?” I explained the service level agreement, which you signed with your implementing partner after you implemented a new system. However, this partner will tell you that system updates are necessary, but that`s not always the case. So let`s see what options do you have. (meer…)
In earlier versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX people were used to use the right-click menu in case it was needed to rename the primary key of a record. This post will inform you about renaming records in the current version of Microsoft Dynamics AX (aka AX7). (meer…)
Recently I started working with a new local VM containing Microsoft Dynamics AX with Update 1. When setting up some users and roles I found out that the demonstration data contains some rubbish in the security roles. This post will inform you about the issue and how to cleanup orphaned security roles. (meer…)
If you google pictures with employees you see lots of smiling, handshaking, high-fiving, applauding and motivated people. It looks like they are enjoying what they are doing. Is this representing the reality of everyday life? Probably not. (meer…)
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